Hope is a word that brings healing where there is pain. It energizes the spirit and it also energizes the mind. When there is hope, there is energy. Hope cannot be killed. It can merely be replaced with fear. If allowed to take root, fear grows into despair.
When we operate in hope, our thoughts and actions are easily distinguishable from when we operate in fear. In hope, we treat others as we would want to be treated. We are respectful of the rights and freedom of others. We engender to reach common ground by peaceful means. But when operating in fear, we think only of what we wish to accomplish. We are concerned only about whether our needs are met. We wage war at every opportunity.
When faced with dire circumstances, hope requires that we do something other than what we normally would do. It requires us to reach beyond the status quo. If a customary method of operation is yielding few, if any, solutions to a problem, hope requires that we change course. We cannot claim to have hope yet remain stuck, because hope requires constant forward motion, testing new theories and methodologies, and quickly casting aside those that have yielded no results. Hope should be an acronym for: Having Overcome Pure Ego.